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Category Archives: Philadelphia Real Estate

Sunday Open Houses – Rittenhouse Square

Check out this Sunday’s open houses in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of Philadelphia! Our featured open house was profiled this past week on PhillyMag.com!

Featured Open House: 252-56 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
4 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms
Interior SqFt: 2520
Open House: Sunday, April 19th from 2-3 p.m.

Situated on a beautiful Rittenhouse Square block, a gorgeous 3-story, 2,500 sq.ft townhouse. This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home features traditional living space with hardwood floors throughout, two wood burning fireplaces, tons of windows bringing in natural sunlight and a beautiful dining room. The nicely sized kitchen that leads to a charming outdoor patio – perfect for the spring and summer months! Located in a prime area only walking distance from Rittenhouse Square, University City, shopping, restaurants and cafes!

220 W Rittenhouse Sq 2D
1 bedroom/1 bathroom
1:30-2:30 p.m.



1703-05 Rittenhouse Sq
8 bedrooms/8.1 bathrooms
11:30 a.m. – 1p.m.



1425 Locust St 7C
2 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms
12-1:30 p.m.



325 S. Hicks Street
3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.



130 S. 18th St 506
Studio/1 bathroom
1:30-2:30 p.m.



2122 Spruce St #301
1 bedroom/1 bathroom
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Sunday Open Houses: Society Hill

Check out this Sunday’s open houses in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia!

Society Hill real estate is home to beautifully renovated homes that exist in harmony with luxury high-rise buildings. In the heart of Philadelphia history, Society Hill residents experience living on a street or cobblestone alley where Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin strolled. Antique stores, specialty shops and craft fairs under the historic market shed at the old Headhouse are never in short supply. Live in close proximity to access independent and art house films latest releases at the Ritz Theater. Enjoy legendary Philadelphia seafood and colonial fare and invite friends to stay at cozy bed and breakfasts in the neighborhood. The always scenic Penn’s Landing is only a stone’s throw away and is a great spot to jog, ice skate, bike ride and watch the fireworks every New Year’s Eve and Fourth of July.

Featured Open House: 306 Cypress Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
4 bedrooms/1 bath
Open House: Sunday 4/12 12-1:30pm

Stunning Society Hill home located on a quiet, tree-lined block. Enter into the gorgeous entry way that leads into a nicely sized sitting room with 2 large windows bringing in natural sunlight and a fireplace with the dining area in the next room equipped with 2 closets. Charming kitchen area with gas range, ample counter and cabinet space with a large over-the-sink window that looks out onto the patio/yard area – perfect space for outdoor gardening & entertaining. 2nd Floor: Full tile bathroom w/ a double sink, glass shower and a private toilet space w/ door. Large master bedroom with two closets, in wall shelves, fireplace and 3 large windows. Next to the master is a small bedroom that can also be used as office space with closets and fireplace. 3rd Floor: Large front bedroom w/ fireplace, 2 closets and 3 windows. Nicely sized back bedroom with in wall shelving unit and fireplace. Central AC, hardwood flooring and original finishes & moldings throughout. Perfect Society Hill location on same block as Three Bears Park! Walking distance from Super Fresh, St. Peter’s School, restaurants and cafes.

715 Pine Street #5
2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms


334 S 3rd Street
2 bedrooms/2.1 baths


324 S. 3rd Street
3 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms


143 S 2nd St #205
2 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms


212 Delancey Street
3 bedrooms/2.2 bathrooms


605 Pine Street
2 bedrooms/1.1 bathrooms


130 Spruce St 19B
1 bedroom/1 bathroom


112 Pine Street
4 bedrooms/3.2 bathrooms


303 Spruce Street
4 bedrooms/4.1 bathrooms


241 Delancey Street
3 bedrooms/2.1 baths


411 Gaskill Street
3 bedrooms/1.1 bathrooms


2 Blackwell Place
4 bedrooms/3.1 bathrooms


508 S 3rd Street
2 bedrooms/1.1 baths


224 Gaskill Street
4 bedrooms/3.2 baths


102 Lombard Street
3 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms

SEPTA Releases Plans for 15th St Station Renovation


This week SEPTA released plans that detail the reconstruction of the City Hall Station on the Broad Street Line and 15th Street. According to PhillyMag.com, SEPTA does not plan on beginning construction until  2016 due to the visit of Pope Francis in September and the Democratic National Convention in Summer 2016. Due to the mass amount of visitors expected for both major events, officials want to ensure the station is fully operable during that time.

Once the DNC is over, reconstruction will begin and is expected to be SEPTA’s biggest project yet. On a side note, this City Hall station renovation will take up to four years to complete.  According to a SEPTA representative, the project will be broken down into phases so the 15th Street and City Hall stations can remain open and passenger inconvenience be avoided.

The biggest task for SEPTA engineers is the City Hall station, which is planned for new elevators and ramps. The $110 million project was approved for funding after the transportation funding packaged passed last year.


Divine Lorraine Boutique Hotel Plans Scrapped

Divine Lorraine

PhillyMag.com reported that redevelopment plans have been confirmed for North Broad Street’s Divine Lorraine but those plans do not include its conversion into a boutique hotel.  Developers are concerned with the time line and length of a project like hotel redevelopment.  The new and improved plans for the former hotel includes 126 apartments, two levels of retail space and a lobby area, which consists of about 20,000 square feet of space for the main level.

Although it makes sense to rehabilitate the former hotel because of its location, those involved believe it is more beneficial to complete the project sooner rather than later with apartments and retail.

The $43 million project is projected to begin around the summer months and could take 18 months for completion. Plans for apartments sizes and features have not yet been released.

The Divine Lorraine was built between 1892 and 1894 by architect Willis G. Hale. The building was originally housed by some of Philadelphia’s wealthiest residents before it converted to a hotel. It officially closed in 1999.

Passyunk Square: Corner Clothing Store Property Up for Grabs

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A Man’s Image clothing store located on Passyunk Avenue.

Passyunk Square store, A Man’s Image, located at 1709 E. Passyunk Avenue, is relocating and plans to find a new tenant to occupy the 4,400 square ft. space.  This corner property is a prime location and could likely become the next new restaurant or entertainment spot on Passyunk Avenue.

This corner has been the home to A Man’s Image since 1980 but the owner, 74-year-old Abe Mandel, now has plans to hand the business down at a new location.

The intersection of 12th and Passyunk is undergoing a change with adjacent corner property, 1648 E. Passyunk Ave., opening new restaurant Bing Bing Dim Sum.  The Interior Concepts building is no longer on the market but little by little this Passyunk Avenue corner will be completely redeveloped. It is exciting to see how far this area has come and how much the future still holds. As for right now, we will wait and see.

Fairmount New Construction: North Street Estates is Starting Up!

Despite the frigid January temperatures and the dreaded ice and rain encountered in the last few days, the Fairmount new construction project “North Street Estates” is gearing up and breaking ground this past week.

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In a few months, the vacant lots shown in the photos will be replaced with 12 luxurious townhouses.  The model home, 1711 North Street, is on the market listed at $859,000.  North Street Estates residents will enjoy the comfort of contemporary design, plenty of space and 1 car parking.  A 10 year tax abatement is also in the process of being applied for.

Here are the specifications:
4 bedrooms/3.5 bathrooms
Interior SqFt: 3000
Full, finished basement

Find the perfect blend of luxury, elegance and comfort at the North Street Mews. One of 12 in this stunning community, this 18′ wide, 3,000 square foot home with 1 car parking features 4 light filled bedrooms, an office/den with 3 french doors, 3 full bathrooms, a half bathroom, finished basement, a roof deck, a yard and includes a variety of luxury finishes such as hardwood floors finished on site, built in speaker, solid core interior doors, video intercom system, and energy efficient dual zoned HVAC system. The home exudes comfort & style from start to finish, starting with its tiled foyer and spacious open first floor plan including living room and dining room with 10′ high ceilings. Continue through and enter the modern, exquisite kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances, Custom Cabinetry (two options for layouts), quartz or granite counter tops and a large island running through to custom windows with a plethora of light! Next to the kitchen and ideally located is a well appointed powder room. Meander up the stairs to the second floor and enter into your spacious master suite which is truly a work of art, with its huge walk in closets, master bath, private toilet room and custom tiled shower with dual shower heads, all within a frameless glass enclosure, a soaking tub for pure decadence and double vanity to top it all off. Travel down the hall to your office/den with three french doors over looking the street scape complete with onsite finished wood floors. Stroll up to the 3rd floor and feel the spacious 3 bedrooms with wall to wall carpeting and the two full baths, one with a seamless glass shower and the other with a tub for convenience. From the third floor walk up the stairs to the pilot house which leads to an oversize custom roof deck with exception city views. The finished basement completes this home with its 9′ ceilings, laundry room and ample space. 10 year tax abatement being applied for. Audio/Visual package and roof deck are upgrades. Home can be purchased without parking.

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Sunday Open Houses: Point Breeze

Check out this weekend’s open houses in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Philadelphia!

Featured Open House: 2209 Wilder Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146
3 bedrooms/1.5 bathrooms
Interior SqFt: 1,064
Open House: Sunday, January 18th 12-1pm
Fully rehabbed 2 story, contemporary home features 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. This Point Breeze home also features exposed brick, beautiful hardwood floors and an open floor plan. The brand new kitchen boasts of modern back splash, microwave and dishwasher. The living room has recessed lighting and a half bath off the kitchen. Each bedroom features closet space. This perfect starter home is situated directly across the street from a garden.

2350 Federal Street
3 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms
2115 Manton Street
2 bedrooms/1.1 bathrooms
1515 S. Ringgold Street
3 bedrooms/1.1 bathrooms
1942 Titan Street
3 bedrooms/1.1 bathrooms
1428 S. Bouvier Street
3 bedrooms/1.1 bathrooms
2022 Federal Street
3 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms
2245 Greenwich Street
2 bedrooms/1 bathroom
1317 S. Chadwick Street
3 bedrooms/3.1 bathrooms
1721 Latona Street
3 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms
2026 Manton Street
3 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms

Condos Coming to the Curtis Center

Curtis Center

As reported back in June 2014 the Curtis Center, located at 6th and Walnut Streets, was purchased for $125 million by Keystone Property Group and Mack-Cali Realty Corp.

According to Philadelphia Magazine, the construction of luxury condos will begin this Spring on the 6th Street side of the building as originally planned.  Future condo residents will enjoy the scenic views of Independence Park and Washington Square. Fifty-five luxury units will be added to the Curtis Center, which has always been used for office space and events in recent years hosted by Cescaphe Event Group.

Rumor has it that a new restaurant, coffee shop, spa and gym will be opened along with the new condos. This will help attract more visitors to the Washington Square building.

The first phase of construction is expected to begin in the Spring.

The last time the Curtis Center underwent major renovations was in 1980. Philly.com reported that the building will transform from a general office space to a major ‘hub’ of Washington Square.

7 Steps to Consider Before Purchasing a Home

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Since the new year is now upon us, many people want to make changes and take new direction in their lives.  One of those changes could be purchasing a home in 2015. Before diving into the process, it is important to take certain steps to ensure that you are ready.

1. Credit Check

Check your credit reports  and scores with all three credit bureaus: Experian, Equifax and TransUnion.  Take this opportunity to carefully comb through each report to ensure there are no mistakes or red flags.

2. Increase Your Savings

A nicely sized savings will help in proving to a mortgage lender that you are capable of paying a mortgage that may be higher than your current rent.

3. Cut Spending

This step goes hand in hand with increasing savings. By cutting down on unnecessary expenses like dining out and online shopping, your savings will rapidly increase.

4. Neighborhood Research

If you plan on buying a home in a different neighborhood, start searching around the area and see if it is a right fit. Visit neighborhood restaurants or coffee shops to get an idea.  Also, check into transportation as well. The neighborhood may have great parking but less access to public transportation. Find a place that fits your needs.

5. Find A Lender

Talking with a mortgage lender and obtaining a pre-approval will give you an idea of where to start and how much you can afford.

6. Figure Out Your Budget

After getting pre-approved, figure out how much you are willing to spend by taking a look at your personal budget.

7. Attend Open Houses & Talk to a Real Estate Agent

Once you have the financial aspect figured out, start attending open houses in the area you want to live in and hire a real estate agent who will prioritize your needs.



Perks of Purchasing a Home at Year’s End


Realtor.com released a list of incentives that come along with purchasing a home at the end of the year. Although it is not the busy season and the market may be sparse, buyers may get lucky and find the home of their dreams in the winter months.  Also as the holiday season approaches, typically sellers become more motivated to negotiate and sell before the new year.

According to the Realtor.com article, October and November are great months for house shopping. These months also may give buyers enough time to put a home under contract and settle before Christmas and the New Year.  This time frame also depends on the terms agreed upon in the contract.

Here are the awesome benefits to purchasing a home at the end of the year courtesy of Realtor.com.

1. Tax Savings

Buyers can save costs in mortgage interest, property taxes and loan points by settling before December 31st.  These savings are significant and definitely add up in terms of paying off interest with a new loan.

2. Motivated Sellers

By the time the holiday season rolls around, many sellers may be more inclined to sell their home before the close of the year for tax saving purposes.

3. New Construction Incentives

If you are purchasing a new construction home, builders may throw in extras and upgrades to encourage closing before the new year.

4. Moving Company Availability

In the spring and summer months, moving companies are booked for weeks and sometimes months in advance.  By purchasing a home outside of the busy season, it will be easier to find movers with more openings and flexible schedules.

5. Investing in Ownership

Homeowners pay every month towards a substantial investment.  Whereas renters do not see a return on the rental payments they are doling out each month.

6. Consistency

Buyers who lock a fixed-rate loan will enjoy the convenience of a consistent monthly payment.  Unlike the majority of renters, who have yearly rent payment increases.

7. Renovations

Owning a home gives people the freedom to renovate and add their own personal design and style to the house without seeking permission.  Most renters are faced with a lack of flexibility when it comes to renovations. Everything must be approved by the landlord first.